Recent Energy and Environmental News

Posted on Tue 01/18/2011 by


John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr.

1/17/11 – This is the current issue of my informal, free collection of recent electrical energy-related developments. Since citizens are daily inundated with material coming out on this topic, I am trying to present a digest summary of the most pertinent applicable information. My bias is for articles that are: scientific, independent, informative, constructive, and/or well-written. (I would STRONGLY recommend that you SAVE these emails, as you might need links to some good articles in the future.)

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What this translates to is that the policy statement of any true environmental organization should be the following:
1)  We believe that we have environmental and energy issues, and
2)  We believe that these matters should be resolved by applying the Scientific Method.
The Scientific Method consists of a comprehensive, objective, independent, transparent and empirical-based assessment. Anything less would amount to promoting a political policy rather than a science oriented one. Citizens should insist on nothing less from organizations they belong to.
High cost subsidized renewable resources destroy jobs and hurt consumers” is a superb analysis by Dr. Jonathan A. Lesser, who has a PhD in utility economics.

Some other recent articles on the economics of wind energy —

Rhode Island regulators are looking into the absurd prices being paid wind energy, and may shut them down <<>>.

Utility company refuses to pay wind for not producing power
Green energy business closes after state wastes $58 million in incentives
How To Reneg On Green Contracts explains the incestuous relationship with wind promoters and some governments:
“Wind Energy Is Not The Answer” is a fine overview of the inadequacies of wind
“Health (esp acoustical) Effects of Wind Turbines – We Already Know “ <<>>.
A thoughtful analysis of proposed US “Clean Energy” standards <<>>.
A wonderful article “How Sustainable Is Renewable Energy?”
“Energy Security Mythbusters” is also picking up on the rare earth dependencies  you have seen frequently reported here:
Maybe some form of Lawfare should be considered in the situation with wind developers: “Lawfare is waged via the use of domestic law with the intention of damaging an opponent. Examples include winning a public relations victory, financially crippling an opponent, or tying up the opponent’s time so that they cannot pursue other ventures…” <<>>.
An organization that apparently encourages whistleblowing reported on this revealing information about the Cape Wind project
And a fascinating story from a reporter on site watching the Chinese mine rare-earth elements <<>>.
Fortunately more faith-based organizations are speaking out against the foolish energy and environmental policies we are experiencing. Here are two examples:
A University of Michigan study “Exposed to Facts, the Misinformed Believe Lies More Strongly”
Another positive sign — The new New Mexico governor fired all the members of the state’s environmental review board:
An excellent discussion of bird deaths due to wind turbines <<>>. And this details faults in many bird studies <<>>.
“Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of “smart” electric meters.” <<>>.
A worthwhile explanation about Tidal Power — which has good possibilities <<>>.

The Putting Some Balance To It Department —

The New Jersey branch of the AFP has put forward a strong proposal for NJ to get out of the worthless RGGI program: <<>>. This has been introduced into the NJ legislator where there are 11 Senate cosponsors and 16 Assembly cosponsors. Good for them! Citizens in other NE states should follow this example! Here is another fine analysis of why RGGI is such a dog <<>>.
A wonderful article by Dr. Patrick Moore, who talks about the evolution of the environmentalist movement and how it has become “anti-science” <<>>.
More about the resistance to produce Global Warming documents
“Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” is a fascinating analysis:
Yet another insightful analysis by Dr. Lindzen “A Case Against Precipitous Climate Action”
“An influential professor who worked as an assessor for the United Nations IPCC has called for democracy to be replaced with an eco-dictatorship where enslaved masses are ruled over by an “elite warrior leadership” and forced to adhere to a new green religion…which would replace traditional religions like Christianity and Islam” <<>>.
A good animated video on Global Warming <<>>.

The Community Service Department —

As  you know, our good friends in Australia are experiencing some devastating floods. If you would like to help these people, go to
A bit of entertainment: a ventriloquist without a dummy
Another good quote from Ronald Reagan —
Socialism only works in two places:  Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”
J ohn Droz, Jr.
Physicist and Environmental Advocate
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